Another day means another leak in the tech sector, this latest one related to Intel's unannounced 9th generation Core i9-9900K processor. This 8-core/16-thread chip has shown up in numerous leaks already. In this newest one, we get yet another glimpse of performance, with the Core i9-9900K being run through 3DMark's Time Spy benchmark.
We'll get to the numbers in a moment, but first let's talk about the specs. If all the leaks and rumors end up being true, the Core i9-9900K will feature a 3.6GHz base clock and 4.7GHz all-core boost clock, and will boost to 5GHz when utilizing only one or two cores. It also has 16MB of L3 cache and a 95W TDP. It's expected to retail for around $450.
The Core i9-9900K will be the top shelf chip in Intel's 9th gen lineup, and one of two 8-core parts. There have numerous other references to a Core i7-9700K SKU, the other 8-core chip, which interestingly is said to lack Hyper Threading support (that would be unusual for a Core i7 part, but Intel has shown it's willing to deviate from the script).
Now, onto the performance numbers. Frequent leaker and Twitter user APISAK (@TUM_APISAK) posted a link to a 3DMark Time Spy entry that was purportedly earned with a Core i9-9900K, according to the listing. Paired with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, the supposed chip and test bed posted a CPU score of 10,916 points and 36.68 frames per second in the CPU test.
Those scores were obtained at stock clocks. They're also higher than what was obtained with an overclocked AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor running at 4.45GHz. Have a look...
The overclocked Ryzen 7 2700X posted a CPU score of 10,285 and 34.56 fps in the CPU test. Intel's chip widens the gap when overclocked, though not by a whole lot—it already hits a high boost clock across all 8 cores, so there's not much to be gained from a small overclock.
This is not the end-all-be-all comparison, of course. However, this is not the first leaked benchmark showing the Core i9-9900K outpacing the Ryzen 7 2700X. We saw the same thing back in July, in another leaked 3DMark Time Spy entry.
As to the overclocking potential, there's a picture floating around purporting to show a Core i9-9900K without its integrated heatspreader (IHS). Solder is visible on the delidded chip. If Intel is moving away from its current thermal interface material (TIM) to a soldered solution, it should lead to lower temps and potentially better overclocking results. We'll have to wait and see.
Intel is expected to launch its 9th gen Core processor family next month.